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    Portrait of Richard Wetherill (1858-1910), the nineteenth-century rancher who stumbled across the ruins of Mesa Verde.
    Richard Wetherill



Frank McNitt, Richard Wetherill, Anasazi: Pioneer Explorer of Southwestern Ruins (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1966).

Robert Sanchez, “Ghosts on the Mesa,” 5280 19, no. 9 (March 2012).

Richard Wilshusen and Sheila Goff, “Living West—and North: The Legacy of Early Archaeological Collections at History Colorado,” Colorado Heritage (November–December 2013).

Additional Information: 

Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson, Cowboys and Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah's Grand Gulch (Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 1997).

Willa Cather, The Professor's House (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925).

Kathryn Gabriel, ed., Marietta Wetherill: Reflections on the Life with the Navajos in Chaco Canyon. (Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, 1992).

David Harrell, "We Contacted Smithsonian: The Wetherills at Mesa Verde," New Mexico Historical Review 62, no. 3 (July 1987).

Carolyn Miles Osborne, The Wetherill Collections and Perishable Items from Mesa Verde (Los Alamitos, CA: Self-published, 2004).

Wetherill Family Website